Sunday Evening By the Pond

It was a very nice evening.  The weather cooled down to a nice 87 degrees with a cool breeze that made sitting on the porch watching the animals quite nice.

My wife is recovering from surgery and finally felt like sitting outside.  Every once in a while, we let the horses graze the backyard with us while we watch enjoy watching them “horse around.”

I am reminded of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words, “Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.”

Memorial day weekend has been really nice thus far.  I am grateful for all those who gave their lives, spilled their blood and sacrificed family and home so that I have the freedom to sit on my porch and contemplate the blessings of life.

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Nothing like grazing on fresh bermuda grass in the back yard. . .

 

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Even the Koi were happy to see the horses . . .

 

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If you look carefully, you can see the ducks in the pond swimming with the Koi . . . It is amazing how peaceful nature feels with all of God’s creatures in view.  Said Emerson, “Nature, in its ministry to man, is not only the material, but is also the process and the result. All the parts incessantly work into each other’s hands for the profit of man. The wind sows the seed; the sun evaporates the sea; the wind blows the vapor to the field; the ice, on the other side of the planet, condenses rain on this; the rain feeds the plant; the plant feeds the animal; and thus the endless circulations of the Divine charity nourish man.”

Another thought from Emerson, “The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.”

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Even the rooster enjoyed the evening. . . while eating a few bugs out of the pond growbeds.

There is something amazing about sitting on your back porch with your animals and feeling the breeze on your face as the sun sets in the background.

I hope that your Memorial Day weekend is as  tranquil and beautiful as mine. And, if you or your family have served in the Armed Forces, from the bottom of our hearts, the Nally family salutes you!

Happy Memorial Day!

Aquaponics Pond Paradise . . . Paths Untrodden

In paths untrodden,

In the growth by margins of pond-waters,

Escaped from the life that exhibits itself,

From all the standards hitherto publish’d—from the pleasures, profits, eruditions, conformities,

Which too long I was offering to feed my soul;

Clear to me, now, standards not yet publish’d—clear to me that my Soul,

That the Soul of the man I speak for, feeds, rejoices most in comrades;

Here, by myself, away from the clank of the world,

Tallying and talk’d to here by tongues aromatic,

No longer abash’d—for in this secluded spot I can respond as I would not dare elsewhere,

Strong upon me the life that does not exhibit itself, yet contains all the rest,

Resolv’d to sing no songs to-day but those of manly attachment,

Projecting them along that substantial life,

Bequeathing, hence, types of athletic love,

Afternoon, this delicious

Ninth-month, in my forty-first year,

I proceed, for all who are, or have been, young men,

To tell the secret of my nights and days,

To celebrate the need of comrades.

Robert Frost

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